Alabama JUUL E-Cigarette Lawsuit Lawyer
Like many people, you may have started using JUUL or other e-cigarette brands because you thought they were not as dangerous for your health as cigarettes. The companies’ traditional and viral marketing campaigns may have led you to believe that “Juuling” or “vaping” was safe alternative to smoking. However, today, you may now be suffering from nicotine addiction-related illnesses as well as other serious health problems such as lung or cardiovascular disease.
Gartlan Injury Law is here to help. We are now reviewing the cases of people in Alabama and throughout the country who are just like you – people who began using JUUL and other types of e-cigarettes without any warning from the manufacturers about the health risks of their products.
Aaron Gartlan is an experienced product liability attorney who has dedicated his legal career to fighting corporations and leveling the playing field for honest, hard-working individuals and their families. If you suffer from a vaping-related illness, contact us today to discuss your case in a free consultation and learn more about your rights and options.
How Do JUUL and E-Cigarettes Work?
JUUL and other types of e-cigarettes – commonly called e-cigs, vape pens, vapes, mods or tank systems – work pretty much the same way. When a user sucks on the device as they would a cigarette, it activates a battery that causes a heating element to convert the liquid into an aerosol, or vapor, which is easier on the throat than smoke. This liquid typically contains a dense concentration of addictive nicotine. The liquid can be added to the device, or it can be purchased as a separate cartridge or “pod.”
The combination of a high dose of nicotine in every puff and easy inhalation – along with aggressive marketing – has led to an explosion in e-cigarette use among former smokers and new users. Vaping has especially risen among teens and young adults, even though federal law bans the sale of e-cigarettes to those under age 18. The U.S. Surgeon General reports that today, an estimated 1 in 5 high school students and 1 in 20 middle school students use e-cigarettes. The flavorings in the liquid – or “vape juice” – also appeal to young people such as mango, cool mint or bubblegum.
Although many companies sell e-cigarettes, JUUL is the most popular brand. According to the U.S. Surgeon General, JUUL’s sales spiked 600 percent during 2016-17. Today, it may hold as much as a 75 percent share of the market.
Is ‘Juuling’ and Vaping Dangerous?
Juuling or using other types of e-cigarettes are not safe – period. While the aerosol which e-cigarettes product may contain fewer toxic chemicals than cigarette smoke, it can still be harmful to your health. In addition to nicotine – a highly addictive drug that can affect learning, memory, and attention when used by young people – the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that e-cigarette aerosol may also contain:
- Ultrafine particles that can enter a person’s lungs
- Diacetyl, a chemical linked to a serious lung disease commonly called “popcorn lung”
- Volatile organic compounds
- Cancer-causing chemicals
- Heavy metals such as nickel, tin, and lead.
The American Lung Association reports that e-cigarettes may also contain acrolein, a weed killer that can lead to lung injury, asthma, lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
According to the American Stroke Association, e-cigarette use may also raise one’s risk of a stroke, heart attack or coronary artery disease. As USA Today reports, more than 530 people have been diagnosed with vaping-related lung illnesses, including nine people who have died.
However, most people would not realize the risks of JUUL and other e-cigarettes from the way companies have marketed these products. In fact, after it launched in 2015, JUUL used the phrase, “Smoking Evolved,” throughout its advertising, suggesting that Juuling was a safer way to use nicotine than smoking cigarettes.
In September 2019, JUUL’s CEO resigned, and the company announced that it would suspend all of its digital, print and broadcast advertising in the U.S., according to USA Today. However, the company’s moves are simply too late for those who have already suffered harm from their products.
Can You File a JUUL E-Cigarette Lawsuit?
If you suffer from lung disease, cardiovascular disease or other health problems that are connected to your use of JUUL or other e-cigarette brands, you may be eligible to bring a lawsuit against the companies behind these products. Consumers throughout the country have filed lawsuits against JUUL and other companies, generally alleging that the companies manufactured and marketed defective vaping products and failed to adequately warn consumers about the health risks of those products.
At Gartlan Injury Law, we are committed to protecting the rights of those who have suffered irreversible harm due to vaping. We understand how victims may face daunting medical expenses and loss of enjoyment of life. We will thoroughly investigate your case and seek damages that may include:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Wages lost due to vaping-related illness
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Punitive damages.
You will not be just a case file number for us. We will take the time to understand how your e-cigarette-related injuries have affected you and your loved ones. We will work tirelessly to pursue a result that allows you to get the medical treatment you need and which reflects the nature and severity of the harm that you have suffered.
Get Help from an Alabama JUUL E-Cigarette Lawsuit Attorney Today
At Gartlan Injury Law, we are committed to helping those in Alabama and throughout the country who have suffered lung disease and other illnesses after using JUUL or other e-cigarettes. We realize how many of these consumers may have never started to vape if they had known about the serious health risks associated with e-cigarettes. We believe that the companies behind these products should be held accountable.
A time limit, or statute of limitations, applies to e-cigarette lawsuits. In other words, you have limited time to file an e-cigarette lawsuit settlement claim after you have been diagnosed with a vaping-related illness. For this reason, you should contact us as soon as possible. Our legal team will provide a free consultation, and we can go to work on your case right away.